J.C. Blair Hospital staff dressed in blue for Wear Blue Day on Friday, March 5, 2010 to raise awareness about Colorectal Cancer. For more information about colorectal cancer, please visit www.jcblair.org or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800 ACS-2345 or go to www.cancer.org.
J.C. Blair Endoscopy Staff Promotes Colorectal Cancer Prevention & Early Detection
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. Both men and women are equally at risk, with people age 50 and over at a considerably higher risk. Only about 5% of colorectal cancer cases are hereditary. Other factors that put you at risk are physical inactivity, a diet high in fat, obesity, smoking, and a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease and type 2 diabetes.
One of the best ways of reducing your risk for colorectal cancer is by having a colonoscopy screening. These screenings allow physicians to find and remove pre-cancerous polyps, which largely prevent this disease. These screenings also allow for early detection of the disease which will increase your chance of survival to 93%. “Although uncomfortable to talk about, it’s important to have the screening to prevent colon cancer. It could possibly save a life,” said J.C. Blair Gastroenterologist Michael Gaugler, D.O. If colorectal cancer is detected in a later stage, the chance of survival drops to 64%. Other ways of lowering your risk for colorectal cancer is by maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, and eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
The Endoscopy Staff at J.C. Blair encourages you to talk with your doctor about your risk for colorectal cancer and, if at risk, get screened. “When we find polyps that may be pre-cancerous, it’s such a good feeling to know that we may have prevented cancer from growing in that patient,” said Endoscopy Charge Nurse Bonnie Mauk.
For more information about colorectal cancer, please visit www.jcblair.org or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800 ACS-2345 or go to www.cancer.org.